Pastels is one of the major trends this season, but many women (including myself) find wearing pastels a challenge. They can wash you out, look too ‘sweet’ or take you back to your children’s years!
So today I will offer some tips and inspiration on how to wear pastels over 40 in a stylish & chic way.
1. Wear something colorful with your pastel top or dress
I like wearing pastel greys and pinks, but pastels are definitely a tough color for me to wear. That is why I need to make sure I combine my pastel top with something colorful. In the top above, it already helps that the sleeves are in a brighter color. I also combine it with a colorful necklace and made sure that there is a bit of color on my lips.
Some good ways to add color on top include:
- A colorful necklace
- Colorful earrings
- A colorful cardigan
- Hat with color
- A bag
- Brighter makeup
2. Wear pastel at the bottom instead of the top
Another great way to incorporate pastels is to wear it at the bottom instead of the top. That way you can still incorporate the trend into your look without letting it wash you out.
Ann applies this tactic too with this beautiful outfit (see this article for more photos).
3. Combine with white
Pastels always look beautiful with cream or white which will create a very chic and soft look.
4. Be playful with different colors
Although it can be quite sugary to combine baby blue with pink or mint green there are very beautiful ways to combine these pastels.
I love the 2 renditions below, where 2 shades of pastel blue are combined with green. The color combination at the right is just stunning.
5. Wear pastel as a monochrome look
Also very chic is just to focus on one color. You can wear the same color all-over or put a brighter version of the pastel on top as shown at the right.
More ideas on how to wear pastels from all of you!
Lorraine came up with several ideas.
My personal favorite is that combination on the right. Love the combination of black & white, fuchsia, with grey coat!
This is how Kay would wear pastels for casual outings.
Sabine (website | Polyvore) likes to wear them for a sunny day at the beach!
But she has an elegant version as well.
Nanne (website | Polyvore) has combined pastels with her beloved neutrals.
These 2 lovely combinations by Catherine (website | Polyvore) are very easy to wear!
Suzanne opts for brighter pastels and combines them with even brighter or darker colors.
And here are a few more renditions of my own that I still like to wear.
The good thing is that pastels continue to be popular for winter 2014 as well. Pastels were seen on the runways of Gucci, Matthew Williamson and Ralph Lauren. So if you invest in pieces that you can easily layer, you can use them for the whole of the coming year!
More examples of women over 40 wearing pastel colors
One of my own tricks for not getting washed out by pastels is to wear it with a brighter color. I love wearing this silk and linen baby blue top from In Good Company with my trusted red skirt. Adding some brighter accessories help brighten up the look.
For more help on wearing pastel colors, check out this article on how to wear pastels or check out some of my recent pastels outfits. Also check out our tips and inspiration on how to wear pink and how to wear pale blue.
Here are a lot more looks featuring pastels to inspire you!
What pastel colors would you enjoy to wear? Which one of these looks is your favorite?
Feature image by @kimbalikes
Last 12 images by Denton Taylor